One of our biggest challenges without a doubt is using our emotions to make rational decisions. Once we recognize that emotions guide all we do, it gets easier.
Life is all about choices and with those choices comes making the best rational decisions.
The Influence of Your Emotions
Developing your emotional intelligence by learning to recognize, understand, and manage your emotions will inevitably change the way you make decisions. They play a major role in our life, therefore, managing them wisely is critical to our success.
Focusing on the influence our emotions have on our decision making is significant because in the snap of a finger they can take over and direct us to say or do things that are not rational, which we may regret.
Avoid Being Emotionally Hijacked
It can happen in a matter of seconds at work you get emotionally hijacked when a colleague disappoints you and you lash out harshly instead of taking the time to calmly share your feelings. After seeing the shock and hurt on your colleague’s face, you’re embarrassed and you regret your actions and decision to act impulsively. You wish you behaved more rational because you’re aware of the significant amount of time it will take to repair this relationship.
In your personal life, how many times have you purchased something that you thought you needed, or couldn’t live without? You realized later, not only was the purchase not in the budget, you really didn’t need it.
Making Rational Decisions
Here’s the thing, with practice you can make rational decisions. The next time you are feeling challenged when making a decision create a mental or physical “Emotion Vs. Reason List”. Once you do you’ll be able to clear your mind and use the facts to review your feelings in an organized rational manner to make the best decision.